FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
New ‘Our Schools’ show highlights students
earning college credits while in high school
BEAUFORT – The latest edition of the “Our Schools” television program, which begins airing Friday on the County Channel, focuses on the various options available to Beaufort County School District students who want to earn college credits while still in high school.
In past years, school district officials said, the only option for students was taking Advanced Placement courses and scoring high enough on AP exams to earn college credits. Today, district students can take college-level courses through “dual credit” programs or through district-higher education partnerships such as Whale Branch Early College High School’s five-year-old program in conjunction with the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
The number of district students completing dual-credit courses has increased from 308 during the 2013-14 school year to 532 in 2015-16.
At Whale Branch Early College High, the number of students earning enough college credits to qualify for two-year college degrees while still in high school increased from two in 2012 to 25 in 2016. The percentage of Whale Branch students who completed college classes and earned college credits increased from 24 percent in 2012 to 34 percent in 2016.
“This is a wonderful opportunity not only for our students, but also for their parents,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss, who hosts “Our Schools.” “Because these college-level courses are offered to students without charge, they have the potential to shorten the path to a four-year degree or cover the cost of a two-year degree completely.”
Appearing with Moss on the show will be Geri Henderson, the school district’s Director of Secondary Education; Jody Cummins from the Technical College of the Lowcountry; Brad Taracuk, a teacher at Whale Branch Early College High School; Kimberly Brown, a counselor at the high school; Shelia Saunders, a parent of former students at the high school; and Brianna Millidge, a current student.
“Our Schools” is a partnership between the school district and the County Channel.
Beginning Friday, April 1, “Our Schools” will air four times weekly: at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 11:30 a.m. Saturdays. The broadcast will air on local cable networks: Comcast’s Channel 2, Hargray’s channels 9 and 113, and Time-Warner Hilton Head’s Channel 63. The show also will air at those times on the County Channel’s website at this link:
In addition, the show will be archived and can be watched any time at the same link.